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Clark's Clownfish and Condylactis Anemone

Q

Dear Aquaworld,

We recently started a live rock tank, 30 gallons. In it are a lot of live rock, a clarke clown, a yellow tang, a blue devil damsel, a yellow canary rasp, a condy anemone, 20 turbo snails, 10 small hermits, 4 large red legged hermits.  Are all of these compatible?  And will the condy and clown be compatible?  The condy has very pale tan tentacles towards the end, mostly white otherwise.

Julie Logsdon
Winter Garden, Florida, USA

A

Dear Julie,

Clark's Clownfish (Amphiprion clarkii) with a Sebae Anemone.

Clark's Clownfish (Amphiprion clarkii) with a Sebae Anemone (Heteractis crispa).

All of the fish and inverts you mentioned are usually compatible.  The Clark's Clownfish (Amphiprion clarkii) is the most adaptable clownfish when it comes to anemones, but the Condy anemone (Condylactis gigantea) is not a host anemone.  Sometimes Clark's Clownfish will host in corals and possibly Condy anemones when their preferred host is not present.  As far as the color of the anemones goes, they are often imported as white or varying degrees of white and purple/pink.  These colors are usually brighter than what is normal.  These anemones also have zooxanthellae (algae) that live inside them that help provide nutrients for the animal.  Often in the collecting and shipping process the zooxanthellae die off and the animal looks some what bleached. Often in the aquarium, under high output lighting (Compact, Metal Halide, HO T5, VHO) the zooxanthellae will grow back and the anemone will take on a light brown color.

Tony Griffitts

Published - 20070905

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